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Iran holds first trial session of "CIA agent"

12-29-2011 08:28 BJT

TEHRAN, Dec. 28 (Xinhua) -- Iran has held the first trial session of Amir Mirza Hekmati, who was recently arrested by Iranian intelligence agents on a charge of spying for U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the local English Tehran Times daily reported Wednesday.

An indictment read out at the session on Tuesday said that Hekmati entered Iran with the aim of penetrating the Iranian intelligence apparatus, and after closer investigation, it became clear that his objective was to take measures to implicate Iran in terrorist actions, according to the daily.

The indictment also stated Hekmati was recruited by the CIA in 2009 and had been assigned to carry out a number of espionage missions in Iran.

Iranian intelligence ministry announced on Dec. 17 that it had arrested Hekmati and identified him as a CIA spy tasked with infiltrating Iran's intelligence apparatus and carrying out a complex intelligence operation in the country.

In his confession broadcast by Iran's state TV on Dec. 18, Hekmati said he had links with the CIA and had intended to act against Iran's national security.

Iran's satellite Press TV reported on Dec. 17 that the spy had experience in working for the U.S. Army's Military Intelligence Division at military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The indictment said Hekmati had been dispatched to the Bagram base in Afghanistan to collect classified intelligence and then travelled to Iran to establish close relationship with the intelligence ministry officials for his mission.

After the indictment was read out, Hekmati defended himself by saying that he was "deceived" into becoming a spy.

"I first thought that no blow would be dealt to Iran in this regard, and I did not intend to deal a blow (to the Islamic Republic). I was deceived," the U.S. citizen with Iranian descent was quoted as saying.

He also said that he was offered 500,000 U.S. dollars in return for carrying out the mission, according to Tehran Times.

Editor:Zhang Hao |Source: Xinhua

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